Book on the life of G.C. Foster launched

first_imgOther than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgEngland in control DURBAN, South Africa (AP): England had reduced South Africa 136-4 at stumps on the fourth day of the first Test at Kingsmead yesterday and need six more wickets on the final day to win. Scores: England 1st innings: 303 all out in 100.1 overs (Nick Compton 85, James Taylor 70; Dale Steyn 4-70, Morne Morkel 4-76). South Africa 1st innings: 214 all out in 81.4 overs (Dean Elgar 118 not out, AB de Villiers 49; Stuart Broad 4-25, Moeen Ali 4-69). England 2nd innings: 326 all out in 102.1 overs (Jonny Bairstow 79, Joe Root 73, Nick Compton 49; Dane Piedt 5-153). South Africa 2nd innings (target: 416): 136-4 after 47 overs (Dean Elgar 40, AB de Villiers 37 not out, Steven Finn 3-27). PCB chairman turns down Ali’s resignation ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan has refused to accept Azhar Ali’s resignation as ODI captain over the inclusion of former spot-fixer Mohammad Amir in the training camp. Khan met with Ali in Lahore yesterday and after the meeting the PCB said in a statement that “the chairman didn’t accept” Ali’s resignation, who agreed to continue as captain. Last week, Ali and opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez stayed away from the camp after Amir was included, but after meeting with Khan both agreed to join the camp. Amir’s five-year ban for spot-fixing during a Test match in 2010 ended in September and the 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler is in contention for next month’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand. Former Newcastle goalkeeper dies at 47 PRAGUE (AP): Pavel Srnicek, a former Czech Republic goalkeeper who also played for Newcastle, died yesterday, nine days after collapsing while running. He was 47. Sparta Prague, where Srnicek had been goalkeeper coach since 2011, said the former Premier League player died at a university clinic in the eastern city of Ostrava. Srnicek made 150 appearances for the Magpies from 1991-98 and was part of the Newcastle squad that finished runner-up in the Premier League in 1996. He recently published a book, Pavel Is a Geordie, about his years with Newcastle. Srnicek played for his country 49 times between 1994 and 2001 and was a backup goalkeeper at the 1996 European Championship, where the Czechs reached the final. Srnicek also played for English clubs Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham. Gasquet withdraws from Australian Open MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): World No. 9 Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of a back injury. Tournament organisers tweeted news of Gasquet’s withdrawal late yesterday, adding “we wish him a speedy recovery”. France’s Gasquet is the third withdrawal from the Grand Slam tournament which starts on January 18 at Melbourne Park, after Juan Monaco and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Britain’s Kyle Edmund will take his place in the main draw. Gasquet aggravated the injury while playing in exhibitions this month, and he has also withdrawn from the Qatar Open, due to start on Monday.last_img read more

Impressive run by STETHS’ Ellis

first_imgNigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical stole the spotlight at yesterday’s JAAA-Puma Development meet at Kirkvine with a fast 21.37 seconds to win his heat of the Class One 200 metres.Running against a negative wind of 0.3 metres per second, Ellis ran away from his rivals for an easy win in the fastest time of the day among high school athletes.Herbert Morrison High’s Bonanza Cunningham (21.42) was second overall, with Green Pond High’s Orlando Fisher taking third overall in 21.49.Kingston College’s Roshaun Rowe was best in Class Two as he won in 21.70 ahead of Kevin Stone of Petersfield (21.86) and his Kingston College teammate Yashawn Hamilton, 22.13.best timeIn Class Three, Antonio Watson of Petersfield High led the way with 22.73. Andre Bent of William Knibb, 22.89, was second overall ahead of Papine High’s Shemar Willis, 23.12.Among the girls, Edwin Allen High’s Patrice Moody won the Class One 200m in 23.93 for the best time overall, getting the better of Holmwood Technical’s Shante Deer, 24.42.Manchester High’s Daszay Freean topped Class Two with 23.78, beating Edwin Allen’s Shellece Clarke (24.76) and Christine Irving of Holmwood, 24.77.Last year’s Class Four double sprint champion Joanna Reid of St. Jago High impressed in Class Three with a leading time of 24.10. Holmwood’s Dyandra Gray was second overall in 24,54 with third going to Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen, 24.55.GC Foster College’s Samantha Curtis was best among the women in the open half lap event after stopping the clock at 24.05. She got the better of Donya Ewars of the University of Technology, 24.33. Curtis’ teammate, Natasha Russell was third with 24.71.University of Technology’s Travene Morrison stole the spotlight in the men s 200m as he won his heat in 21.14 ahead of G.C. Foster College’s Javon Gray, 21.42 and Emmanuel Dawlson of Sweden, 21.49.last_img read more

Country Train to capture Grooms Trophy feature

first_imgThe consistent COUNTRY TRAIN should lead home ROCK UNION in the annual renewal of the Grooms’ Association Trophy race over the straight-five course at Caymanas Park today.Confined to horses from the $350,000-$300,000 claiming spread, the race originally had 13 nominees at the overnight stage on Wednesday, but 12 will now face the starter after one of the top contenders, EL PODEROSO, drowned at sea on Thursday morning.COUNTRY TRAIN and ROCK UNION, both winners last time out, have the best form to recommend and should take it down to the wire.The five-year-old gelding ROCK UNION has won his last two races over the straight, leading home subsequent winner AUNT HILDA by just over two lengths on June 13. He was claimed out of that race from trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes by Colin Ferguson and although stepping up in class today, this will not deter him.Prior to his last race, he beat $350,000 claimers over the course on May 23 in a sub-minute time and reporting in good nick for this race, can prove equal to the task with the sparingly used but experienced jockey Paul Ramsay aboard.MUCH IMPROVEDDespite his strong claims, preference is for the Stedman Curtis-trained COUNTRY TRAIN, who has won three of her last four races.The five-year-old mare by Image Maker out of Storm Within looked much improved when slamming subsequent winner NEW KINGSTON by almost five lengths over the course on May 6, this on a $400,000 claiming tag in the good time of 1:00.0. And last time out she was at it again, winning by five lengths over the round-five course on July 8 when claimed by Stedman Curtis.She reports in fine fettle in a bid for this trophy and with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen taking the ride from one of his favourite trainers, she will not be easily denied.COUNTRY TRAIN has good speed and in light of this, should gallop on to the main track ahead of AUNT HILDA, SMOKIN MAN and ROCK UNION, keeping on strongly to beat the latter in decisive fashion.Also, on the 10-race programme is a highly-competitive open allowance race over a mile which brings together the down in class horses PETE’SWILDONE and ALL CORRECT, as well as the recent winners TIMFORARMS, PHINEAS, FRANFIELD and MILITARY MOVE in a field of nine.One of the down in class horses should capture this event and I select ALL CORRECT to get the better of PETE’SWILDONE.last_img read more

Winning return for Fearless Fury

first_imgThe unbeaten filly FEARLESS FURY reported from a 10-layoff to win the Flossie McNeil Memorial Cup over 1200 metres in decisive fashion at Caymanas Park yesterday. Installed a 2-1 favourite despite the lengthy absence, FEARLESS FURY was given a patient ride by Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry in a field of 14 fillies and mares, eventually coming through from just off the early pace to win by 21/2 lengths from the fast-finishing DASH BOARD (7-1), heads on with the leader RAISING THE BAR (15-1) under leading jockey Shane Ellis. Highly fancied JESSE’S FAVORITE (3-1) hurt her chances by being slowly away and was unable to recover, as YOGA and FIRE ALARM disputed the lead into the straight, before RAISING THE BAR and then FEARLESS FURY burst on the scene. A chestnut filly by Fearless Vision out of the Al’s Silver Cat mare Raging Fury, FEARLESS FURY is owned and trained by Fitzroy Glispie, who said that despite the lengthy absence due to a leg injury, he waited patiently for months to ensure she was ready for this race. “She cracked a sesamoid bone after her impressive fast-time win over 1100 metres when making her two-year-old debut last December, and this required surgery,” said the former jockey. On a day which produced a number of upsets, Henry and top apprentice Linton Steadman rode two winners each, while trainer Tyrone Prince saddled two. Steadman actually passed the post first aboard three of his mounts, but DOC HOLIDAY (7-2) was disqualified and placed third for causing interference to the third horse UNBREAKABLE in the latter stages of the seventh race and first place awarded to the 21-1 outsider LEGENDARY PLEASURE. WAITED PATIENTLYlast_img read more

Mendoza Jr now heads WBA

first_imgThe World Boxing Association (WBA), one of the leading controlling bodies in professional boxing, has a new president. He is Gilberto Mendoza Jr, a former vice-president who succeeds his father, Gilberto Mendoza Sr. The latter resigned recently because of ill health.There was a similar father-son succession two years ago with the World Boxing Council (WBC) when Maurice Sulaiman succeeded his father, JosÈ Sulaiman, as the head of the World Boxing Council (WBC).On that occasion, the older Sulaiman had died. The WBA is the oldest of the top four organisations that control professional boxing worldwide. The others are the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Organisation.The elder Mendoza was in Jamaica with his son in 2012 for the world featherweight title fight between Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters and Dualis Prescott, a fight that Walters won by a technical knockout in Round 7 to take the then vacant WBA featherweight title. He has been ailing for some time, and because of his poor health, he decided at age 72 to “hang up his gloves”.tribute to Mendoza SrNo doubt as a tribute to Mendoza Sr, and also as a reward to his son for the hard work he has put in as a vice-president for many years, Mendoza Jr was elected unanimously by the 40 delegates who were present at a meeting of directors in Panama when Mendoza Sr made his retirement announcement by video stream.It had been generally expected that whenever Mendoza Sr decided to retire, his son, who has been by his side many years as a confidante, would succeed him.The WBA, which had its base in Venezuela for many years, relocated to Panama in 2007, and Mendoza Jr had been acting as president during the recent illness of his father.Commenting on his election, he said that he was happy to take over the leadership, and the only regret he had was that his father was not present physically when the directors made the decision to elevate him to the top spot.In accepting the position, Mendoza Jr said that the passion that he puts into his job was inherited from his father and urged the worldwide boxing fraternity to ” let us all work together for the good of the sport”.last_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Good health and good choices

first_img This is needed for cell building, blood making, and for muscle and tissue repair and restoration. Proteins cannot be stored and are mainly found in the food from animals group. Examples are meat, dairy products, poultry, eggs, seafood, and legumes (peas, nuts, beans). The body can also use protein as energy. Fats The World Health Organisation describes health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of diseases or infirmity”. Good health starts with making good choices, which leads to good health habits. Physical Health deals with maintaining the condition of your body, which requires the following: – Eating balanced meals – Engaging in physical activity – Practising good hygiene – Getting enough rest – Avoiding alcohol, drugs and smoking Mental health is the way that you cope with the demands of daily life and involves the following: – The ability to handle stress effectively and to solve problems – Openness to new ideas and new ways of doing things – The ability to adjust to change. Social health is defined by the way one interacts with people. How well an individual gets along with others is important to one’s overall sense of well-being. All parts of your health are equally important to overall wellness. Sports involvement is an excellent means of achieving overall wellness. Proteins Fats are used as energy with a mixture of glycogen as it cannot be used on its own. The mixture depends on how intense the activity is and how long it will last. Fats are supplied from the fats and oils group and also from varying food from animals. It is also found in nuts and some plants. The wrong type of fats may lead to high cholesterol. fats are broken down into fatty acids and glycerol. HEALTH AND NUTRITION This makes up 70 per cent of the body’s weight. It aids the digestive system. A lack of water could decrease the amount of food that is digested, resulting in fewer nutrients reaching the cells. Eight glasses of water must be consumed daily to replace water lost through sweating, urination, and breathing. The seven important nutrients must be part of the diet in the right proportions to make it balanced. Next Week: Foods for Health and Athletic Performance/ Eating Disorders Nutrients and Food Groups Fibrecenter_img This is a source of energy. Carbs are found in sweet and starchy foods, i.e., the staple food group. Active sports persons need 60 per cent of their diet to be from carbohydrates. Meals high in carbohydrates are known as high-energy foods, e.g., rice, pasta, yam, corn, cereals, etc. Carbohydrates are broken down by the body into glucose. Excess glucose is then stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles. Good health starts with a good diet. The body needs nutrients in order to prevent malnutrition, which is a state of unhealthy tissues and organs due to faulty or inadequate nutrition. Nutrients required by the body can be found in the six food groups. A healthy combination of foods from these six food groups will provide us with the energy we need to live, grow, and repair ourselves. The food groups are: Staples Legumes Fruits Vegetables Fats and oils Foods from animals Nutrients are the substances in foods that are absorbed into the blood and transported to cells throughout the body. These nutrients are as follows: This is a substance called cellulose, which is found in plants. Fibre is part of a healthy diet and is found in vegetables, whole grain foods, and other cereals. It cannot be digested by the body but, it prevents constipation and bowel cancer. It absorbs poisonous waste from digested foods. The body only requires a tiny amount of vitamins. Some vitamins like A and D can be stored in the liver. Some have to be consumed regularly, e.g. vitamin C. The body will excrete excess amounts. Minerals are just as important. Vitamins and minerals are found in all types of food but are particularly present in fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A promotes healthy eyes and skin Vitamin C strengthens the immune system Vitamin D promotes strong bones and teeth, and essential for absorption of calcium. Calcium promotes healthy teeth and bones Iron promotes blood production, prevents tiredness. Iodine promotes production of thyroxine hormone controls metabolic rate Carbohydrates Water Vitamins and Mineralslast_img read more

Arnett head to Haiti for CFU Club Championship semi-finals

first_imgArnett Gardens FC will depart the island this morning at 11’o clock for a semi-final showdown against W Connection of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship in Haiti. In the other semi-final clash, Don Bosco will square off against Central FC. The top three teams in the CFU tournament will qualify for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. The semi-final winners will meet in the final, while the losers will be engaged in a third place-off to decide the other qualifier for the CONCACAF stage. Renae Lloyd, who was injured early in the team’s second leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final, will not make the trip. They lost the two-way tie 4-3 to Montego Bay United FC and were dethroned of the local title. “This is the final round in the CFU. We have two chances to advance to the CONCACAF stage, but we will be trying our best to win the Caribbean title for the first time,” Jerome Waite, head coach of Arnett, told The Gleaner yesterday of his team that ended runners-up last time. “This is my third stint in the CFU, and we will be looking to put the disappointment of losing the local Premier League behind,” he added. Their top players are captain Oneil Thompson, Damion Hyatt, Kemal Malcolm, Michaelous Martin, Dicoy Williams, Kenneil Hyde, Dicoy Williams, Vishinul Harris and Jason Moore.last_img read more

HVFC for Scotiabank CONCACAF U-13 Champions League

first_imgHarbour View Football Club’s Under-13 team has been selected again to represent Jamaica at the second staging of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League. The east Kingston team will be one of 12 clubs playing in the championships scheduled to take place from July 23-30 in Mexico City. “Scotiabank has always been associated with developmental sports, and so we are excited to be exploring the possibilities in football through our CONCACAF affiliation,” said Yanique Forbes Patrick, Scotiabank’s vice-president of marketing. In the draw conducted to determine the groupings, Harbour View were selected to play in Group A against Mexican club Buhos de Hermosillo FC, Real EstelÌ from Nicaragua, and Jabloteh (Trinidad and Tobago). The draw sorted the 12 club teams, representing 10 CONCACAF nations, into three groups of four for round-robin play starting in July. “We are happy to be selected and we’re preparing to have a little more depth this year to see if we can go a little further than we did last year and advance from the zone,” said Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View FC. Group B consists of Menor Tijuana (Mexico), Comunicaciones FC (Guatemala), Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (Costa Rica), and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (Canada). Pungarabato Guerrero, the final Mexican club in the competition, heads Group C and will compete with Sporting KC (USA), Chorrillo FC (Panama), and CD Santa Ana (El Salvador). At the last championship, hosted in Mexico City in August 2015, Harbour View finished third in Zone B with three points behind Canadian zone winners Montreal Impact (nine points) and second-placed Aguilas UAS of Mexico (six points). The team won one game against DC United USA (5-2) and lost two matches against Montreal Impact (2-3) and Aguilas (Mexico) (2-1). DEFENDING CHAMPS Mexico’s Toluca are the defending champions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Under-13 Champions League, having dismissed their Zone A El Salvador counterparts in the finals with a crushing 4-0 scoreline last year. One outstanding player from the Jamaican contingent at the last tournament was Kellijah Morgan, a community resident from Southern Cross Drive. In the one match they won, he broke away from his markers to receive a Rasheed Willis pass and slotted home after 14 minutes to hand his team a 1-0 lead. Morgan doubled the lead seven minutes later when captain Rojaughn ‘RoRo’ Joseph dissected the defence for him to waltz by the goalkeeper and score. Scotiabank signed on as the official bank of CONCACAF and the league’s first official partner in 2014 and title sponsors of the Gold Cup, the Champions League, and the Caribbean Nations Cup.last_img read more

Chopped down in 55 seconds!

first_imgAmerican boxer DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley is a man of few words, but his fists spoke loud and clear on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he destroyed his Guyanese opponent, Revlon ‘Lion Heart’ Lake, in just 55 seconds of the first round, to move dramatically into the semi-finals of the Wray and Nephew Contender series.The first semi-final will be on June 8 between Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes and Tsetsi Davis.One space was left after three other quarter-final bouts, and Corley cemented his No. 1 ranking in the competition with a sensational victory over an opponent who was expected to give him a close fight. This was not to be, however.The action started briskly, with both men throwing hard punches at each other. Southpaw Corley found the mark first with a straight left that shook his opponent, but Lake responded quickly with a one-two combination that was designed to send a message to Corley. Everything was pointing to a very exciting encounter at this stage of the fight when out of the blue, Corley landed a savage right hook to the head of his opponent, and down he went, to gasps of surprise from the large crowd.Referee Owen Nelson started his count, and most people in the arena expected Lake to get back to his feet. He did not, however, move as the count continued, and when at the magic eight he still had not made a move to get back up, the realisation set in that the end was near.LOOKING DEJECTEDThe referee moved the count from eight to 10 and then signalled the end as Lake sat on the canvas looking dejected. He then pointed to his right ankle and said that it was hurting, and he was immediately given medical attention by Dr AndrÈ McDonald, the ringside physician.His faculties seemed clear, but he indicated that he could not have resumed as he had twisted his ankle and it was hurting. Having been counted out, he resigned himself to the knockout defeat, while Corley celebrated quietly and indicated that he had merely “taken care of business”.”He threw a good combination and I responded with a right hook. It was a sweet shot and it took him out,” he said afterwards. He then added, “I am ready to move on to the finals.” His opponent in the semi-finals will be Michael ‘The Wasp’ Gardener, a talented Jamaican amateur, who made his debut as a professional in the competition on April 6 with a second-round knockout victory over American JosÈ Guzman. He then followed this up with a points victory over Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis on May 7 and is now ready to do battle with Corley on June 15.Corley expressed confidence that he would be in the finals, while Gardener taunted him and stated that at age 41, he will not like getting into the ring with him. Corley acknowledged his age but pointed to his achievements. ” Yes, I am 41, but any man who went 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather must be doing something good,” he pointed out and then stated confidently, ” I will be ready.”In the two amateur bouts on the card, Sanjay Williams from Bruising gym scored a second-round technical knockout victory over Samuel Grant from Sugar Olympic gym, and Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic scored a unanimous decision over Seantonie Johnson from the St Thomas Boxing Club.last_img read more